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ICC Champions trophy Sania Mirza gives messages to India and Pakistan


The mix-up didn't hurt Pakistan in the long-term, as Fakhar's 114 from 106 balls allowed them to post a huge total of 4-338 from their 50 overs. "To be appointed as captain of the team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the flawless icing on the cake", said Sarfraz in a statement. Read More »

Perez says he hasn't spoken to Ronaldo about rumours of exit

The 32-year-old apparently told Portuguese and Spanish media, via his representatives, that he is keen on leaving the Santiago Bernabeu club. Neymar passed a medical for Real Madrid prior to signing for Barcelona , according to the La Liga club's president Florentino Perez . Read More »

Andy Murray defeats Kei Nishikori to book semi-final place

The Briton will now hope to replicate last year's win over Wawrinka at the same stage, one of his best performances on clay. Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal will take on Dominic Thiem in the second semi-final after the Austrian knocked out defending champion, Djokovic. Read More »

'Barcelona were better than Real Madrid last season' - Digne


The French fullback moved to the Camp Nou last summer from Paris Saint-Germain and has now claimed that his new team were unlucky not to take home the La Liga trophy in his first season at the club. I can't wait for the new season to begin. Holiday is great, but playing in Barcelona is a dream. I always want more, the same as the club. The Bianconeri chiefs will obviously not be too keen on letting their star player leave, but it is clear Barcelona stand a better chance of agreeing a deal ... Read More »

Sarfraz Ahmed thanks nation for support

The neighbouring countries have moved on from years of political conflicts but emotions will run high as millions of supporters around the world watch the first major cricket final between the teams since the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup. India were 6-2. Kohli: How can no ball be pleasant for me? Pakistan beat India by 180 runs at The Oval on Sunday. "We told them to play the same way as they do in domestic circuit - to see the ball and hit it - and it proved to be effective". Read More »

Victorious cricketers get heroes' welcome on reaching Lahore


Dozens of fans surrounded Ali's vehicle and showered it with rose petals, while the fast bowler smiled and waved from inside the auto. He said, "We are thankful to Allah Almighty and the nation". Raees said he didn't sleep for two days because of all the excitement following the win. "Team Pakistan! Welcome back after such a tremendous victory". Read More »

Vegas holds all the cards in NHL expansion draft


Looking as if he is the best goaltender available and would be a popular figure for the new franchise, that selection makes ideal sense. A 30-goal guy on a one-year, $750,000 deal, there's no team in the league that wouldn't want him. He has played up and down the Penguins' lineup _ and will likely find himself in a bottom-six role next season _ but could easily be a top-six winger for an expansion team. Read More »

Hardik Pandya blames teammates on Twitter


Zaman, however, had his share of luck when he was got a breather at 3 after Jasprit Bumrah got him caught behind on a no-ball. It seems that he didn't forget the incident so easily and vent out his anger against Jadeja on social media. In an otherwise disappointing batting effort, Pandya made batting looked easy and kept his chin up as he fought vehemently. Pandya's half-century came in just 32 balls, while Australian great previously held this record with a 33 ball-half century. Read More »

Pakistan beat India to lift Champions Trophy


In reply, India were all out for 158 runs in 30.3 overs. Youths across Kashmir Valley burst into rapture as Pakistan defeated India in a one-sided cricket final of the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday (June 18). "Hope all nations now come and play cricket in Pakistan ", Sarfraz said at the post-match press conference. TV footage showed some fans watching in Pakistan shedding tears of joy after India's batting order collapsed. Read More »

Real Madrid cool interest in Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea

Madrid's long-time president said the club had not received any transfer offers for Ronaldo . The Spanish prosecution in the indictment alleged that Ronaldo had evaded tax "in a conscious and voluntary manner". Ronaldo is now in Russian Federation at the Confederations Cup, where Portugal got their campaign under way with a 2-2 draw against Mexico on Sunday. Read More »

Robin Uthappa leaves Karnataka; likely to join Kerala


According to TNN , KSCA secretary Sudhakar Rao said, "I had a long chat with Robin and he had his reasons for moving out". "He has exited from Karnataka and we have also written to him with our offer to accept him". However, Uthappa's bat remained silent in Ranji season 2016-17, where he amassed 328 runs in 7 innings. But with the rise of young players like Karun Nair and KL Rahul Uthappa's prominence in the team has been on the wane. Read More »

Pakistan move closer to direct qualification for 2019 World Cup

It is an honour to have won from World Champions. This Champions Trophy went ahead as scheduled despite a terror attack at a pop concert in Manchester, northern England, on May 22 that killed 22 people. But Desmond Haynes (93 not out) and Brian Lara (retired hurt 88) were too strong for the Pakistani bowlers to even take a wicket as they won with 19 balls to spare. Read More »

Sarfraz identifies three reasons for Champions Trophy triumph


World Cup winning captain Imran Khan says the current Pakistan team has the potential to become a force in worldwide cricket even as he lamented the country lacks system to polish raw talent. India captain Kohli conceded Pakistan were worthy winners and, while he claimed to be proud of his players, his admission that the new champions played with more passion was a damning indictment. Read More »

Hope teams will now come and play in Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed

They piled up 4-338, with Fakhar Zaman making a dashing 114 - the left-handed opener's maiden hundred in just his fourth match at this level since a debut in Pakistan's group-stage win over South Africa . Earlier also , several times chaos has been witnessed in this area after India-Pakistan match, but this is the first time when the government has imposed restriction in the area. Read More »

Perez: Real Madrid would´ve loved Lionel Messi at Bernabeu

But the Portugal global was not a realistic target at that point, having signed a new five-year Real Madrid contract last November. And only two weeks ago he bagged a brace as they claimed back-to-back Champions League triumphs with a 4-1 win over Juventus. Read More »

Pakistan leapfrog to sixth place in ICC One-day rankings


Earlier, Fakhar made the most of an early reprieve after Kohli won the toss and sent Pakistan in on a typically good Oval pitch, with the sunny conditions seemingly ideal for batting. After India had won the toss, Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to make his first worldwide century. Read More »

Small margins can be massive in this game: Virat Kohli

Even as Pakistan were rampaging towards a 300-plus total in the Champions Trophy, penalty corner specialist Harmanpreet Singh and forwards Talwinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored a brace apiece as India flayed Pakistan 7-1 in a Pool B clash to storm into the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League Semi-Final in the same city. Read More »

Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud

He has yet to comment on the claim. A prosecutor claimed Mourinho benefited from not declaring his income from the use of image rights. Ronaldo, 32, has denied the charges and is threatening to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities. Read More »

CT 2017 win: Mirwaiz, Erdogan congratulate Pakistan

Congratulations to Pakistan. The way they turned things around, it was fantastic. "They can upset anyone on their day", said Kohli in the post-match presentation ceremony. Pandya was involved in a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja and was run-out. India were then routed for 158 in the 31st over. Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir produced a devastating spell of bowling. Read More »

Cricket fraternity congratulate Pakistan for Champions Trophy 2017 win


The last time Pakistan won a major 50-over ICC tournament was also during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, when Imran Khan led his team over England in the 1992 final at Melbourne, Australia. Apart from Pandya, no other Indian batsmen could play freely and were found struggling against a steaming Pakistan bowling attack. Kohli felt they could have done better was with the extras. Read More »

Mexico snatches draw with Portugal

Chile's star player Arturo Vidal fiercely argued with referee Damir Skomina when a goal scored in first-half stoppage time by Eduardo Vargas was overruled nearly one minute later. "I have a pact with the players and we treat these personal matters away from the national team. It was a great result for Mexican football ". Group A also includes Russian Federation and New Zealand which played their game on Saturday. Read More »

Bayern Munich: reports of Ronaldo interest are 'a hoax'

If De Gea goes to Madrid, then United could move for AC Milan's Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma , 18, as a replacement. The 70-year-old construction magnate's third term in charge of Europe's most successful club spanning 15 years - 2000-2006 and since 2009 - will be rubber stamped at a ceremony at the Santiago Bernabeu later Monday. Read More »